During the 1968 model run, the California Western region Ford Dealers offered a limited production Mustang which was based on the Shelby Mustang GT that was planned to be built, but was never actually produced. The California Special sprout from these cancelled Shelby GT plans. The California Special was a base model Hardtop mustang with some added body components and mid-body striping. The GT/CS's were built only out of the San Jose, California plant. There were a total of 4,118 GT/CS mustangs produced in 1968. This mustang came with the Interior Decor Trim and Exterior Decor Trim package. Also on the exterior was a "ducktail" spoiler, 1965 Thunderbird tail lights, and a mid-body tape stripe.
Exterior stripe colors included white, metallic blue, red, and black. The GT/CS also featured a blacked out grill including two rectangular fog lamps and no running pony. Also featured was a functional louvered hood, simulated side air scoops, and a pop-open gas cap. Engines, transmissions, and rear axle options were the same as with any other standard mustang. For much more information on the car and to find an online registry for the California Special Mustang, take a look at CaliforniaSpecial.com.